Friday, June 26, 2009

First to Third: Suspension Rehab? Huh?

It may come as a surprise to many baseball fans to hear that Manny Ramirez has played the last few games with the Dodgers' AAA team. It's a surprise because Ramirez is currently suspended from playing for the Dodgers for use of performance-enhancing drugs. Ramirez is following in the footsteps of JC Romero and other suspended players before him and taking advantage of a clause in MLB's Basic Agreement: any player that has been suspended has a right to a rehab stint prior to his suspension being served. That way, he's in game-shape when he's eligible to play.

If a player is punished by way of suspension, I don't think he should be eligible to resume baseball activities until that suspension has been served. I recognize the need for a rehab stint, but this should commence after the suspension has been completed. In my opinion, beginning rehab with a little over a week left in a suspension lessens the penalty from 50 games to around 42. I know that Ramirez isn't on the field helping the Dodgers and he isn't getting paid for it, but some baseball entity (the AAA team) is making money off Ramirez and Manny benefits from playing in actual games against players close to the majors so he can be ready to return to LA.

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Chris said...

Is it ok for a guy on the DL to get a rehab start before he gets off? Especially when the team puts the player on the DL, such as Wang, because they are struggling, in order to avoid sending them down to the minors in which they will have to clear waivers and probably be picked up by another team? No, let Manny play in the minors it is part of the Collective Bargain, who cares if he is roaming the basepaths in single A this weekend?

terry said...

I think Ramirez was allegedly among a group of 104 major league players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during 2003.
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